Eats Beat; New burgers, Tex-Mex near TCU, museums

Posted 11:08am on Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013

Forest Park Boulevard is coming back to life.

The opening of Tommy’s Hamburger Grill & Patio this week restored an anchor restaurant.

When Sera Dining & Wine opens in coming days, Park Hill’s restaurant row will be back.

Since 1955, the corner near the Fort Worth Zoo has been home of some of Fort Worth’s favorite restaurants: the House of Mole, Le Chardonnay, City Park Cafe and Sapristi.

Macaluso’s launched the latest comeback, when the former owners of reliable Fortuna moved in to replace Grady’s.

Tommy’s, replacing Ruffino’s Italian restaurant, opens on the south side for the first time after 30 years of west side success.

“This corner was dead, and now it’s all revitalized,” said Tommy’s owner Kelly Smith.

She brightened up the space and added a mural for her newest grill, known as much for fried catfish, grilled chicken and a turkey Reuben as for the legacy burgers.

“This is a great neighborhood for restaurants,” she said. “It feels like family here. We’re a perfect fit.”

Tommy’s will be a stopover on the way to or from TCU events — but out of the heavy traffic — and will help fill a need Sundays when neighborhood favorite Old Neighborhood Grill is closed.

There’s competition from Dutch’s Hamburgers and a coming Fred’s Texas Cafe-TCU on the Bluebonnet Circle, but Smith says Tommy’s has its place.

“They’re more about the college crowd and we’re more family [-oriented],” she said.

Tommy’s is open for lunch and dinner daily; 2455 Forest Park Blvd., 817-920-1776, (not updated).

Sera preview

Sera Dining & Wine will open by October, but the menu can be found at

Chef Brandon Hudson leads his first menu with rabbit confit, a flatiron steak, fish or slow-cooked cochinillo pork. The small-plate adventures include roasted cauliflower or lamb sweetbreads.

Smart lunch savings

Also open this week: Trevino’s Comida Mexicana, the tiny new Montgomery Street restaurant with an ambitious menu by former managers from Dallas’ old-school Casa Dominguez.

Best so far: $4.95 and $5.95 lunches, a welcome affordable option in the Cultural District.

It’s basic Tex-Mex, with lots of choices; open daily for lunch and dinner, weekends at 9 a.m. for breakfast at 1812 Montgomery St., across from the National Cowgirl Museum, 817-731-8226,

(Love the sign out front: “This Is Not Our First Rodeo.”)

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